About the Program
The Program trains individuals to function as multi-skilled technicians in ambulatory health care delivery systems. Specific skills include administrative and clinical duties. Additional skills include 12-lead electrocardiography, dysrhythmia interpretation, stress testing, Holter monitor and scanning, phlebotomy, pharmacology and administration of medications and fundamentals of medical insurance with coding.
Medical Assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical procedures in ambulatory health care delivery systems such as physicians offices, clinics and out-patient facilities.
Administrative duties include using computer applications, maintaining and filing patient medical records, coding and completing insurance forms, scheduling appointments, arranging hospital admissions and laboratory services, handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping, reception and telephone duties.
Clinical duties include assisting the physician during exams, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic CLIA waived laboratory tests, administering medications as directed by the physician, drawing blood, performing EKG's, recognizing dysrhythmias, assisting with minor surgery and sterile procedures, taking patient medical histories, instructing patients about medications, special diets and treatment procedures.
A Career as a Medical Assistant
The Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled allied health professional trained to function in ambulatory care, outpatient clinics, and physicians’ offices. The training and education involves administrative front office skills (the business end of the medical practice) and clinical patient care skills. A high degree of flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking is necessary to perform as a medical assistant. People skills are as important as technical skills. Medical Assistants in the front office and back office areas represent the quality care provided by the medical practice. A Medical Assistant works under the supervision of a physician or other health practitioner. The duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty.
Medical Assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing health careers through 2016 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job market is excellent for a committed, competent, caring Medical Assistant.
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The mission of the Houston Community College Medical Assistant Program is to provide quality training and education in medical assisting skills so that our graduates will be employable as entry level Certified Medical Assistants. The program purpose encompasses the belief that our students are adult learners who want to be successful and provide competent, caring, and compassionate health care services to our communities of interest.